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October 23, 2012

Book Review - 97 : Confessionally Yours




Author : Jhoomur Bose
Publisher : Penguin Metro Reads

If one makes the mistake of reading only the first few pages of this book and thereafter, abandoning it I would not really blame the reader. The way it starts, it can easily be classified as soft porn literally shouting from the roof top to proclaim, “Look at me, my language, my expressions. Oh, I am so cool”.  It is only when the author start concentrating on letting the readers invest in the characters and their emotions, the real motive of being engaged as a reader comes out in this book. Unfortunately, it finally reaches its climax by taking too many sentimental detours and clearly, by that time your appreciation of the story has thinned off.

Enter Bose’s protagonist Polly Sharma, a frazzled newly married trainee trying to find her footing not just in the weekly paper she works with but also in her not-so-perfect marital life.
Polly is not aggressive enough for her bitching colleagues and friends... In the midst of all this, Polly has to write an expose on an anonymous blogger who has the entire media talking. Polly has been offered big money to write the story but writing it could cost other people their jobs and Polly her closest friend. But when things take a drastic turn Polly knows she will need to sort out her life and this story might be her only resort...

It has all the required ingredients of being a chick-lit : bitchy talks between females, dash of melodrama, couple of erotic references and a strong non-judgmental climax. The main protagonist, Polly believes that there is something good in everything unless things turn blatant nasty for her. In such adversities, both personal and professional, her true strength emerges. It also reiterates the point that you can let people run over you only that much; beyond a point no one else but it is you who has to stand for your dignity, for your respect and for your future.

I am going with 3/5 for Jhoomur Bose, 'Confessionally Yours'. It is not the best chick-lit you will read this year, just that if the author would have concentrated more on the characters that investing too much in settings, this would have been a far more rewarding read. In the present form, it is a one time read for the fans of Penguin Metro reads.

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